ktmccauley


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Decorating 101: How to Start a Decorating Project

Before you grab that first paint chip, figure out your needs, your decorating style and what to get rid of Full Story
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missjenny53
Wonderful advise
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alabamagal
There seems to be way too much time being spent on "STYLE". I think that may be intimidating to many who then think the key to a good looking, comfortable home means they must identify some specific 'style' as theirs. 'Eclectic' is probably what most of us are if we MUST choose a 'style', ie one that has developed slowly during our lifetime, rather than one spelled out in a book like French Provincial, Williamsburgh, etc. Is it possible too that not enough time is spent talking about the fact that as we age so does our taste! We are exposed to many different ideas which influence our thoughts; we DO change! Our homes should reflect these changes, not with every new fad, but they should not stay stagnant either, but should evolve as we ourselves do. Avoid getting so locked into thinking that what you do today must last forever! Consider those thoughts as 'freeing'!

I know that today so many young people restrict themselves because they have young kids and don't want them to 'live in a museum' thus refrain from 'decorating'. As a now great grandmother, I know that is today's 'trend' but having raised a family myself I feel that is a mistake. Too often today it is the kids who run the house not the adults! Kids NEED structure as they grow and need to learn RESPECT for others and RESPECT for possessions, theirs and other's...and everyone benefits!

I think many of these ideas about figuring out who you are and what you like are very helpful. It CAN be overwhelming! Taking baby steps is a good approach; find one item you are comfortable with and then move on to what goes with it. I know all of us have grown up with a 'couch' to the point where we MUST HAVE A COUCH! I like the newer thought that frees us from the big purchase and allows us to buy two nice chairs instead! People are not necessarily comfortable sitting so close to strangers crowded on a 3-seat couch anyway! Yes, I'm guilty, I have 3 couches in 3 rooms! Think too about not putting things against walls. In my living room my couch stands free with an aisle behind it, with a pair of antique french Louis 16th chairs at either end. Not a big fan of French things normally, these are 'up-dated' in hot pink and purple fabrics and are the most comfortable seats in the house! Feel free to MIX periods and let COLOR be the feature that holds things together! I like someone's idea of using a piece of fabric or wallpaper as the inspiration for color..or maybe a flower?

Except for my entry hall which is BM 'Hot Lips'...a very bold hot pink...the room has heavy, beautiful cove moldings (lots of white)...packs a wallop and tells guests this house is special! That color then ties into the adjoining rooms in small amounts and all of those rooms have grey, neutral walls as backgrounds. I own a lot of artwork, both purchased and my own, it all looks good against the grey but it really shines against bold colors. In a former home, I had both contemporary metal sculpture and traditional paintings against A purple wall and WOW! Visit a museum for ideas like that...they rarely use dull neutral colors now as backdrops. One bold wall color in a room can really work wonders!

One of my favorite rooms in a FL condo had all white furniture and wall to wall white carpet, white plantation shutters... but the walls were ORANGE and it was a wonderful room! Visitors were 'surprised' but overnight guests LOVED it! My master bedroom is much calmer, with grey walls, a pale lavender ceiling, off white furniture, one recliner in purple, a chair and ottoman in lavender and white stripe slipcover. 'lots of windows with plantation shutters and light makes this a restful retreat. Remember that purple on the chair backs in the living room are modified to lavender in the bedroom?
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How to Avoid Paying Too Much for a House

Use the power of comps to gauge a home’s affordability and submit the right bid Full Story
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josey2
its good to check local tax records to see what the real last sale price is.. Zillow sometimes posts last pricing that can be part of a refinance. So the person selling may be trying to get some of that money back in the new sale.
July 30, 2014 at 11:28AM     
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goodewyfe
I sold my condo on my own and the escrow company made all the difference. It was many years ago and the paperwork was pretty simple. From what I know of the current requirements, I think it would be difficult to do it myelf now,.
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Bulletproof Decorating: How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint

Choose a paint with some heft and a little sheen for walls and ceilings with long-lasting good looks. Here are some getting-started tips Full Story
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brookelizabeth
John, I am up to 10 coats in some rooms in 6 years! No problems so far.
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Glennis Houston
An interior decorator advised that the Ben grade, from Benjamin Moore, is sufficient - it's about mid-grade I think (not 100% sure). It was ~$50/gal, and had I had my painter purchase it, it would have been less yet. For ~$300 to paint almost my whole house with good-quality, colour-dense paint, I consider it good value.
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